If you are looking for a destination that captures the essence of the mountains, the enchantment of an ancient village and the possibility of outdoor adventures, then Moena, in the heart of the Fassa Valley, is the place for you.

This beautiful resort, known as the “Fairy of the Dolomites,” welcomes you in an embrace of natural beauty, cultural richness and Trentino hospitality.

In this travel guide, we will take you on a discovery of Moena, showing you the countless opportunities it offers for recreational activities, unforgettable excursions, cultural heritage discovery and, last but not least, tasty culinary delights.

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Get ready for a journey among the magnificent peaks of the Dolomites, the unaltered charm of a mountain village and the authenticity of a tradition that is expressed on every street corner.

Whether you are a winter sports enthusiast, a lover of hiking, a lover of local history and traditions, or a foodie in search of authentic flavors, Moena will surprise and excite you.

Immerse yourself in reading the guide and start dreaming about your next trip to the heart of the Fassa Valley!

What to see in Moena

Fascinating and engaging, Moena is a jewel set in the heart of the Dolomites. A destination for visitors from all over the world, Moena offers an unforgettable experience to those who visit. Here are the main points of interest in this pearl of the Fassa Valley.

Historic center of Moena

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An ideal starting point for a visit to Moena is its historic and picturesque town center. Stroll through the narrow cobbled streets to discover old stone and wooden houses, and be enchanted by the picturesque scenery provided by the historic buildings and graceful squares.

Start your tour of Moena from the historic Piazza de Ramon, surrounded by ancient buildings, fountains and offers a charming atmosphere.

From Piazza de Ramon, proceed to the bridge over the Avisio River and arrive at Piazza de Sotegrava, famous for its local stores and bars, not to mention historic buildings.

Stop for lunch at one of the typical taverns and enjoy the tranquility of this charming village.

Church of St. Vigilius

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The Church of San Vigilio, an ancient jewel of the Fassa Valley, is a masterpiece of architecture and spirituality that dominates the landscape of Moena, nestled among the beautiful Dolomite mountains.

St. Vigilius Church dates back to 1164, making it one of the oldest in the region. The saint to whom it is dedicated, St. Vigilius, is particularly revered in Trentino.

Featuring an elegant bell tower, St. Vigilius Church has Gothic-style architecture, with a tall frescoed dome among its main exterior features.

Inside, the church houses several artistic treasures.

The church is located in the heart of Moena, in an area easily accessible on foot from the town center. The elevated position provides a panoramic view of the San Pellegrino Valley and the Monzoni mountain range.

Turkey Ward

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Rione Turchia, literally “Turkey Quarter,” derives its unusual name from a local legend. According to the popular narrative, a Turkish soldier, fleeing after the battle that pitted the Christian coalition against the Ottoman army after the siege of Vienna in 1683, arrived wounded in Moena, where he found care and shelter. This history enriches and colors the charm of this unique district of Moena.
Another peculiarity of Rione Turchia is the Festa de Turchia, an annual event generally held in August. During the festival, neighborhood residents and visitors join in three days of celebrations with food, drinks, dances and traditional music, breathing in the atmosphere of the legend of Turkey.

Someda

Someda

Located west from the center of Moena on a sunny slope, Someda enjoys splendid views of the Dolomites, particularly the Sassolungo and Catinaccio groups. A hike to Someda promises a picturesque journey through the beautiful alpine landscapes.

The village is known for its typical Ladin rural buildings called “masi.” These buildings, with their wooden shingle roofs and dry-stone masonry, are a living testimony to ancient Alpine architecture.

Points of interest in Someda include the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, built in the 14th century, and the striking outdoor museum called “Someda de la Ciasa.”

Someda is also famous for the traditional “Desmontegada,” a festival related to the movement of herds from the mountains to the valley floors with the arrival of autumn. During the festival, there are traditional events, tastings of local products and parades of cows adorned with flowers and cowbells.

To reach Someda, it is possible to take a pleasant walk from Moena.

San Pellegrino Pass

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San Pellegrino Pass is one of the best known and most popular mountain passes in the Dolomites. Located between the Pale di San Martino mountain range and the Monzoni Group, this pass offers splendid panoramic views, opportunities for outdoor activities, and is rich in history.

San Pellegrino Pass is located at an altitude of 1,919 meters above sea level, and is situated between Moena and Falcade. The pass connects the Fassa Valley to the Biois Valley, and offers a scenic drive or unforgettable hike for mountain lovers.

Fuciade

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Fuciade is a fascinating alpine hut located in the heart of the Dolomites, between the Costabella Group and the Pale di San Martino Group, offering breathtaking views of Col Margherita. It is an ideal place for hikes of various levels of difficulty and to enjoy the harmony of the surrounding nature.

Rifugio Fuciade offers cozy rooms for guests who wish to spend a few days surrounded by nature and the magical silence of the mountains. The lodge is known for its restaurant, which offers exquisite dinners and lunches prepared by the chef.

From Fuciade, several hikes suitable for families and hiking enthusiasts can be undertaken. The hut is in a perfect location for exploring the surrounding trails and enjoying the unique atmosphere of the Dolomites.

Vajolet Towers

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The Vajolet Towers are undoubtedly some of the most famous and spectacular mountains in the entire Dolomite massif. Located in the Catinaccio group, these majestic Dolomite rock towers offer a breathtaking sight and are a popular destination for mountaineers and mountaineering enthusiasts.

For those who wish to admire the Vajolet Towers up close, it is possible to reach them by a hike starting from the Gardeccia Refuge, then continuing to the Vajolet Refuge and the Preuss Refuge. From here, you can take its climbing rings or just enjoy the breathtaking view.

The Vajolet Refuge is a popular place for overnight stays. It is recommended to book in advance during the peak season.

Lake Carezza

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Il Lago di Carezza, noto anche come Karersee in tedesco, è uno dei laghi più affascinanti dell’area delle Dolomiti. Questo lago montano è rinomato per il suo colore verde smeraldo e per il maestoso panorama montano che lo circonda.

Il lago è alimentato dalle fonti sorgive del Latemar, una delle montagne che formano lo sfondo panoramico del lago.

Il Lago di Carezza è anche chiamato “lago dell’arcobaleno” a causa della sua straordinaria gamma di colori. Le sue acque riflettono le cime del massiccio montuoso del Catinaccio e del Latemar, creando un’immagine poesica e quasi surreale.

Essendo situato vicino al Passo di Costalunga, il lago è facilmente raggiungibile in auto e offre un parcheggio nelle vicinanze.

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Walks in Moena

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Moena and its surroundings offer visitors a heady range of walks and trails to discover.

The Marcialonga Trail

We start with the famous Marcialonga Trail, a trail that hosts the renowned Marcialonga cross-country ski race every year. But it is not just for skiers: during warmer seasons, the trail turns into an ideal walking track.

As you walk along this trail, you can admire beautiful Dolomite landscapes and pass through dense forests, green meadows and small villages. The 57-km-long route starts in Moena and ends in Canazei, but it is possible to opt for shorter, less demanding sections.

Trail Ciasa Alpina Relax Hotel – Malga Roncac

A quieter option is the path leading from the Ciasa Alpina Relax Hotel to the Roncac Alp. This beautiful, approximately 4.5-kilometer-long trail plunges into green nature and offers enchanting views of the San Pellegrino Valley. Despite the slight incline, the trail is suitable for everyone and offers the opportunity to enjoy a meal in a traditional Malga (mountain hut) at the end of the walk.

Route Moena – San Pellegrino Pass

For the more experienced, we recommend the route from Hotel Monza to the San Pellegrino Pass. This scenic trail winds for 14 km through forests, meadows and rivers, offering breathtaking views of the Dolomites and Mediterranean scrubland. Despite the distance, the route is feasible even for those who are not particularly trained, thanks to the presence of several refreshment points along the way.

At the foot of the Sas da Ciamp

A picturesque walk is the one that starts from the church of San Vigilio in Moena and winds its way to the hamlet of Sorte, passing by the Malga Panna, and then arriving at the enchanting clearing of Peniola. Along the way, you can admire the ancient architecture of the houses and enjoy breathtaking views of the Fassa Valley and the Sella group.

The Valley of the Costalunga River

For those who love nature and picturesque landscapes, the Rio Costalunga Valley offers an unforgettable experience. Starting from Moena, one can choose between two routes to reach the Costalunga Pass: one starting at Pala da Rif and the other starting at Sorte. Both routes offer wonderful views and the chance to take a dip in the cool pools of the Costalunga stream.

Palua and Soraga

Ideal for families with children and walkable with strollers, the walk between Palua and Soraga is a relaxing and scenic option. Along the bike path you can enjoy the view of the Fassa Valley and the Sella group as you reach the village of Soraga. From here it is possible to continue to Soraga alta and Someda or return to Moena via the Palua dirt road.

Skiing in Moena

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Moena, the “Fairy of the Dolomites,” offers a unique and high-quality skiing experience with its lifts, ski slopes and breathtaking scenery.

Alpe Lusia Ski Area

Moena is part of the Alpe Lusia Ski Area, a ski area that stretches between the Fassa and Fiemme Valleys. The area offers more than 45 km of perfectly groomed slopes suitable for skiers of all abilities and preferences. The slopes range from easy and scenic to difficult and challenging, making the Alpe Lusia Ski Area suitable for beginners and experts alike.

TreValli

In addition to Alpe Lusia, Moena is also connected to the larger TreValli ski area, which offers as many as 100 km of slopes connected by modern lifts. With this connection, skiers can explore a wide variety of slopes among the Dolomites, admiring breathtaking views and unique features.

Near Moena

In addition to what has already been said about the wonderful skiing experience in Moena, it is always worth mentioning the many nearby destinations that complement the area’s ski offerings. Just a few kilometers from Moena are Val di Fassa and Val di Fiemme, two high-quality ski districts with breathtaking slopes and incredible views.

Fassa Valley

Val di Fassa includes several ski resorts, including Vigo di Fassa, Pozza di Fassa, Campitello and Canazei. These resorts offer a wide choice of slopes for all abilities and are easily accessible from Moena. Ski enthusiasts can also spend an entire day exploring the slopes thanks to the famous Four Passes Tour, which includes the Sella, Gardena, Campolongo and Pordoi Passes. This ride offers breathtaking views and some of the most spectacular slopes in the Dolomites.

Val di Fiemme

Val di Fiemme, with its resorts of Predazzo, Pampeago, Obereggen and Cavalese, also offers a variety of slopes and spectacular scenery. Modern, well-organized ski lifts make it easy to move from slope to slope, turning every ski day into a new adventure.

Moena is therefore an excellent starting point for exploring the Dolomites ski region, offering the chance to combine the thrills of skiing with the beauty of nature.

Where to sleep in Moena

Moena, offers a wide range of accommodations for all tastes and budgets. Popular options include hotels, guesthouses, apartment rentals and campgrounds, many of which offer beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

Again, as in many locations in the Alps, it is definitely advisable to book early to get the best possible choice.

Whatever your travel style or budget, Moena has something to offer to ensure a memorable stay.

 


How to get to Moena

Moena, located in the Dolomites, is easily accessible by car or train.

If you choose to travel by car, from the A22 Brenner freeway, you can exit at Egna-Ora and follow the Dolomites Highway 48 towards Cavalese and then Moena, or exit at San Michele all’Adige and follow the Val di Non Highway 612 towards Cles, Malè, Dimaro, Fucine and then Moena.

If, on the other hand, you prefer the train, the nearest train station is Trento, from which you can take the Trentino Trasporti bus service to Moena.

In addition, during the winter season, many bus companies offer direct transfers between airports in northern Italy (such as Verona, Venice, Milan, and Bergamo) and the Fassa Valley.

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